Monthly reflection – February 2013
Can you guess the theme for this month’s reflection???
1 Corinthians 13: 4-13
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child; I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Love, Love, Love, Love Is All That Matters, Love Is All Around, Love Moves in Mysterious Way
Love… Thy Will Be Done, Love Me for a Reason, Love Me Do, You Can’t Hurry Love, Where Is the Love, All for Love, I Would Do Anything for Love, the Power of Love, No More I Love You’s.
So once again the season of love is upon us and in all the shops there are hundreds of cards and gifts for each of us to buy and send to either the Love of our lives or someone we want to be! I would Love to share my plans for the gift I have for my wife- but she is a Branch member so I cannot mention it! Whilst treating Valentine ’s Day as a special day is nice it does present to me the ever asked question of why people only think of Love for one day of the year and then for the remainder of the year never be romantic or loving to their other halves? There is in the U.K. the view to some that we must maintain ‘The stiff upper lip’ never ever let our guards down or show any emotion in public no matter what. But we see from the above that in modern music there are numerous songs with ‘Love’ in the title and that they all didn’t come out on Valentine’s Day! Love is as important today as it is on 14th February and on any other day of the year.
We see in the well-known passage from 1 Corinthians that Love is described and that when compared to Faith and Hope (which are important) it is described as the greatest! Love is at the centre of everything we should hold dear as Christians- it under pins the belief that Christ who loved us so much died for all of our sins on the cross.
Whilst the majority of my comments have been about ‘romantic’ Love it is obvious that Love takes many forms- for example I love my Wife, Parents, my Brothers, Children and Friends all in differing but distinct ways- It is important to me to tell these people as often as possible that I love them but also show them through my deeds. Just as important is to show those that we don’t know or don’t have a clear connection to Love!
In John 13 it says:
‘A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.’
It is in Christian belief a simple fact that love isn’t exclusive- in John 3 we see that Gods love reaches out to everyone and his grace is here for everyone if they just embrace him; it is also a stark warning that if we do not embrace Gods love and forgiveness that there is a price to be paid for sin.
So let us go forwards in Love together and take the Love of the Lord Jesus Christ out into the work place and the World.
Branch Leader Hertfordshire C.P.A.
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